3 dead, 1 firefighter hurt battling tire shop fire

The firefighter suffered burns to his face while attempting to rescue a man from the two-alarm fire


Los Angeles Times

EL MONTE, Calif. — Firefighters discovered a body while fighting a blaze at a business in South El Monte on Saturday morning, officials said. 

Crews responded to reports of heavy smoke and fire at a structure on the 1200 block of Santa Anita Ave. at around 5:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Robert Diaz. 

While they were putting out the blaze, firefighters found a body, Diaz said. The age and gender of the body could not be immediately determined, he said. Two other bodies were later found at the scene.

Diaz said the cause of the fire was under investigation. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials have also opened a homicide investigation. Diaz said it wasn't known whether the person died before or after the blaze began. 

One firefighter suffered minor burns at the scene and was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released, Diaz said.

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